A metal skillet filled with creamy pasta covered with shredded Parmesan and cracked pepper, with a large serving spoon. A bowl of Parmesan and a pepper mill sit beside it.

Cacio e Pepe

This crazy satisfying, ridiculously cheap, pantry-minded dinner consists of just pasta, cheese, oil, salt, pepper, and a nifty technique.

A close-up of a glass jar, filled with sliced, pickled zucchini and a few slices of onion.

Pickled Zucchini

Looks like a cucumber pickle. Tastes sorta like a cucumber pickle. But let us assure you, this is not a cucumber pickle. It’s even better.

A wooden table with a pitcher and a green plate holding a chocolate bundt cake drizzled in chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Reason number #456 to love summer? This luxuriously decadent yet relatively, marginally, healthful chocolate zucchini cake. Seriously.

A metal sheet pan, covered with spread out tomato paste.

Homemade Tomato Paste

Never again tussle with that teensy tin can that always contains too much or too little paste for your recipe. Not with this mellow, caramelized homemade conserva.

A cooked cherry tomato tart with a herbed crust on a red plate.

Cherry Tomato Tart

Got a ton of cherry tomatoes and a craving for a creamy, cheesy, gorgeous summer tart? Lucky for you, we have the perfect solution.

A large pan covered with parchment paper and 8 deep fried zucchini flowers, sprinkled with lemon zest, salt, and chile flakes.

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

Zucchini flower season is fleeting so gather them while you can. And then deep fry and devour. It’s simple math, really.

A sheet pan covered with parchment paper, filled with layers of sliced zucchini, tomatoes, shredded mozzarella, piles of ricotta and marinara sauce.

Sheet Pan Zucchini Pizza Bake

A fake-out pizza for the low-carb crowd. It’s seriously good, even without the dough. Layers of veggies and cheese make it filling and tasty.

An oval platter topped with spaghetti with raw tomatoes and a couple of spoons on the side.

Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes

Summer at its simplest, not to mention its most splendid. Five minutes of effort yield a meal that rivals round-trip tickets to Italy.